As a registered dietitian, obviously my interests and expertise lie in food and nutrition science. But for me personally, my passion extends beyond that. Starting gymnastics at the age of 4, I have always been an athlete. I continued my gymnastics career through high school, as well as diving and equestrian events. After high school I walked on to the Michigan State University (MSU) women’s gymnastics team, but suffered a career-ending injury during my freshmen year. However, I was not ready for my collegiate career to be done, so I transferred to the women’s diving team and competed as a 3 meter springboard and platform diver during my last three years at MSU.
After college, during my dietetic internship, I became heavily involved in the running community. I ended up running five full marathons, several half marathons, and I coached a running team at the local YMCA. Today, I still enjoy running, but I also love bodybuilding, water and snow sports, hiking, and going on long walks with my dog and fiancé.
Due to my extensive background and love for sports I have always enjoyed studying and reading about how to fuel for optimal performance. Therefore, after receiving my dietetics degree and working for a few years, I went back to school and obtained my Master’s degree in Exercise Physiology. Along with this degree, my other personal career goal was always to become a Board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics (CSSD), which is the premier professional sports nutrition credential in the U.S. The requirements to become a CSSD include:
The most fun and valuable sports nutrition experience I have been involved in to date, has been shadowing the Detroit Red Wings dietitian. Over the past several months I have had the opportunity to work with the Red Wings RD to:
Allison Tropf, MS, RD, CSSD
Allison is a Sports Dietitian in Michigan. She enjoys helping others reach their nutrition and fitness goals through reliable and trustworthy recommendations.
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